Can The Automation of Cars Do Away With Dealerships?

I imagine that the future of transportation is all about automation. I don’t think this is at all a guess because one just takes a look at China’s huge population and see why right away. I can’t imagine that all people in China, each and every one of them, own a car because there won’t be enough space on the roads and highways — the traffic would be stupidly horrendous than ever before. This is why I think China may lead in the race of AI and car automation!

In order for the automation of cars, I think AI needs to be improved tremendously so accidents won’t occur so frequently. At least, the AI should be a lot better than the human drivers. Once the AI part of the automation of cars got nailed down, I can see that a car service such as Lyft would try to deliver cars to whoever needs ’em. This is when 5G comes into the picture to facilitate the communication between cars, cars and the transportation system, and so forth.

Anyhow, in this blog post I want to concentrate on the Lyft part of the whole automation of the transportation equation. I’m wondering, how Lyft and Uber would fare in a world where all cars are driverless? Imagine, car companies could actually get into the Lyft game themselves. Why would they allow Lyft and Uber to be the middlemen?

Nonetheless, I can see those car manufacturers like Toyota may not want to join the Lyft game because of additional costs. Perhaps, car manufacturers rather manufacture cars only and let the costs of the logistic of delivering cars to the user through car services such as Lyft and Uber. Then I’m still wondering how the dealerships would fare, right?

I can see those car manufacturers would prefer to deal directly with car services such as Lyft and Uber and let go of their dealerships entirely in a world of driverless cars! The dealerships would become rather redundant unless the car manufacturers prefer to allow the dealerships to become a car service like Lyft and Uber. But we have to ask who got more experience in delivering a car to a user in a taxi manner? Of course, the answer would be Lyft and Uber and not the dealerships!

In summary, I think if we’re heading in the direction of all cars to be driverless, then I can see the fading out of car dealerships in favor of Lyft and Uber. Of course, I could be wrong and the car manufacturers like Toyota decides to join the Lyft/Uber game and turn their dealerships into Lyft/Uber service. Nonetheless, I still can’t see car dealerships to be around when driverless cars become proliferated. I see car making companies may rely on Lyft/Uber sort of service or just jump into the game themselves delivering cars through an app and not relying on a costly dealership.

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Driverless Car Are Coming Soon, But How Soon? What About Humanless Everything Else?

English: Google driverless car operating on a ...

English: Google driverless car operating on a testing path (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Humans will one day render as useless walking bones, because machines will take over all the chores and whatever else that humans don’t feel like doing.  We can already take a peek at the future by seeing car manufacturers going the route of driverless car.  The video right after the break talks about how Toyota, Audi, and other well known car brands are working and researching on driverless cars.  So far, their prototypes seem to drive themselves alright.  So, I guess they got the driverless down, but how safe will their driverless vehicles be?  This is why I think we might not see this type of cars at least for few years on.  Nonetheless, I hope they can work out the safety issues for these driverless cars soon, because I’m itching to read, blog, eat, snore, and scratch my itchy back whenever I’m on the road outing.

A year back or two, I don’t remember the time exactly, South Korea had employed few robots to be school teacher and a prison somewhere (I forgot where) had employed robots to be prison guards.  Perhaps, more of these machines will even do more stuffs for us humans soon.  Imagine, army of robots/machines go to a piece of land, build bunch of more specialized machines on spot, and from the ground up these machines together build a building or house that can, in time, expand, contract, remodel, and whatever else that the owner of this futuristic house wants to do.  Let just hope, more machines/robots don’t mean more bad things.  Exciting about the future?

Advancements In Technology May Dehumanize Us All? No Fear! There Is An Off Button Right Here!

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I’m impressed how Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt replied to a woman who feared technology would move so fast to a point technology will dehumanize humans by holding up his cellphone and saying it has an off button.  According to Physorg, Eric Schmidt isn’t shying away from saying the future we have imagined all along is coming sooner than we think.  He implied people might be able to visit places without being there — even if people want to go places, they don’t really have to necessary to manually do so as driverless cars will drive them places.  How about the ability to send robots to events and so you might be able to enjoy such events without being there?  Hologram technology to be widely used?  You can see, Eric Schmidt is confirming the idea of having such future might be here sooner than we think!  Hopefully though, just like Eric Schmidt defiantly answered the woman, we all will have an off button for such technologies in the future so the humans will be able to take a break from all things digital and rekindle with mother nature from time to time.

Source:  http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-02-google-technology-science-fiction-real.html

China’s Driverless Car Doesn’t Need GPS

If the facts are corrected, then China is now officially competing against Google in designing and producing driverless cars.  Without using GPS, China’s driverless car navigated China’s expressway which links Changsha and Wuhan successfully.  It’s not clear just yet, but it seems that China’s driverless car relies on artificial intelligence since the computer brains in the trunk of China’s driverless car decides everything.  It was smart enough to avoid obstacles and other cars by using its sensors and lasers.

According to China Daily, China’s driverless car was tested in difficult conditions such as fog and thundershower and unclear lane markings.  The test shown that China’s driverless car overtook human drivers 67 times and was able to cope with humans’ driving behaviors such as abrupt lane changes.  Perhaps, adding GPS capability to China’s driverless car will make it one of the first driverless cars to be smart and safe at the same time?

Source:  http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-08/03/content_13037633.htm